Nat Muller, Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2012

Nat Muller is an independent curator and critic based in Rotterdam.

Her main interests include: the intersection of aesthetics, media and politics; media art and contemporary art in and from the Middle East.

She is a regular contributor to Springerin and MetropolisM. Her writing has been published in, amongst others, Bidoun, ArtAsiaPacific, Art Papers, Canvas, X-tra, The Majalla, the MIT journal Art Margins and Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia. She has also written numerous book chapters, catalogue and monographic essays. With Alessandro Ludovico she edited the Mag.net Reader2: Between Paper and Pixel (2007), and Mag.net Reader3: Processual Publishing, Actual Gestures (2009), based on a series of debates organized at Documenta XII.

She has taught at universities and academies in the Netherlands and the Middle East, and has curated video and film screenings for projects and festivals internationally, including for Rotterdam’s International Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival and Video D.U.M.B.O in New York. Recent curated projects include Spectral Imprints for the Abraaj Group Art Prize in Dubai (2012), Adel Abidin’s solo exhibition I love to love… at Forum Box in Helsinki (2013), Memory Material at Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam (2014); Customs Made: Quotidian Practices & Everyday Rituals at Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah (2014); This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam & American University of Beirut Gallery (2014/15).

Nat is editorial correspondent for Ibraaz, a member of the editorial board of Broadsheet Magazine, Australia and most recently was a speaker on BBC World’s award-winning program The Doha Debates. She is the curator of Sadik Kwaish Alfraji’s solo show at Ayyam Gallery in Dubai (2015) and 2015 curator-in-residence at the Delfina Foundation’s Politics of Food Program in London.

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